The prophet Micah certainly lived in wicked times! The people of Israel sinned against God over and over again. They didn’t want to live as God had commanded them to live, but like the other nations around them. They worshiped idols and disrespected the law God had given them. Their sin brought judgment upon themselves, and Israel and Judah were taken into captivity.
Today´s verses talk about the Millennial kingdom of Jesus’ second coming. He will cut off every idol they worshiped instead of God. He will destroy everything they relied on instead of God.
He will do what the people should have done.
As Christians, we are called to live differently from the world. We are called to be blameless and innocent, to bring light to a dark, crooked and twisted generation (Philippians 2:15). The church is looking forward to the time when Jesus returns and takes us with Him (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
The question I ask myself today is…how am I waiting?
We, the church, are called to live a righteous life that stands out from a worldly life. We are called to walk in integrity. That is, what others see in public is exactly who you are in private.
We see in Psalm 50 a description of the life of the wicked man. This should be our checklist to help us think about how we are living. What are the things I like and invest my time, money, and effort in? What are my priorities? What kind of people am I spending time with and what do we do? What kind of things am I saying? Am I lying, gossiping, slandering others? How am I treating other people? Are they seeing Jesus in me or are they surprised to find out that I´m a Christian?
The answer to those questions will reveal if I´m a light to the world or if my candle is fading. I have to be different. My light has to shine bright wherever I am until the day I´m out of this world.
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God!” – 2 Peter 3:10–12
If we truly believe Jesus is coming back, why are we not living our lives to glorify God? Why is it that our lives don´t stand out from the lives of those who don´t have the Holy Spirit living within them? Our belief in Jesus’ second coming should make a difference in our lives.
Dear friend, remember that everything on earth will be dissolved. All the things we gather, our big houses and earthly possessions will fade. Today, as you reflect in these verses, make waiting well and walking in integrity a priority in your life. Strive for holiness and godliness instead of earthly possessions until the Lord Jesus comes, and let your light shine bright.
Content in His service,